Cubby James’ restaurant — Cubby’s Chicago Beef — is known for Italian beef sandwiches, tri-tip steak salads and addictive Buffalo Bleu Cheese Fries.
The Provo restaurant is also known for its eclectic interior complete with a chalkboard menu wall, reclaimed wood and a lovably large cow drawing created by local graphic designers Kelly Sue and Cardon Webb.
We know what his public kitchen looks like and tastes like, but does his home kitchen compare? Spoiler alert! It’s totally cool, just like his restaurant.
Cubby and Amanda’s recently renovated kitchen is a happy haven of natural light and laid-back style.
The couple and their children (son Jude and daughter Eden) have lived in Alpine for three years and are keeping their plates full as they update their home.
One of the highlights of Cubby’s kitchen remodel is the Moroccan-print tile. He spotted it while traveling in India and had it shipped to Utah. A similar version of the tile will be used in the Lehi Cubby’s restaurant currently under construction. South county Cubby’s fans can also look forward to a new location coming to Spanish Fork.
“We want each of our restaurants to have a different interior style but still have some of the same elements of our brand like the chalkboard and the cow drawing,” Cubby says.
Owning a restaurant has introduced Cubby to professional-grade cooking tools that he often finds himself wishing he had at home.
“I definitely get tempted to ‘borrow’ things from the restaurant,” Cubby says.
Being in the restaurant industry has also made Cubby a clean freak in the kitchen. After years of working in Sundance Resort restaurants and taking food handlers classes, he can’t help himself. He knows too much.
And as for the menu in the James’ family kitchen — ask Amanda.
“My wife is a great cook and does most of the cooking at home,” Cubby says. “We have pretty healthy palates and try to eat as natural as possible.”